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Area Overview

Jacksonville is a community rich in historical treasures, thriving arts, education, and culture, all wrapped up in Midwest hospitality. Centrally located between St. Louis and Chicago, and near Springfield, Jacksonville offers a great place to live, work and play.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

No need to leave town! You can fill all of your shopping and entertainment needs in Jacksonville. From one-of-a-kind antiques to locally owned specialty shops, Jacksonville offers something for everyone. That special treasure you've been searching for is just waiting for you in one of the shops and stores scattered through the city.

Looking for culture? A highly -acclaimed community theatre group puts on productions all year long. The Jacksonville Symphony and Chorale and Illinois College's Fine Arts Series all present fantastic seasons of concerts each year. Artists and art lovers return again and again to the David Strawn Art Gallery.

Need to stretch your legs? Recreation abounds! Multiple golf courses, lakes, parks, campgrounds and athletic opportunities are just moments away. Lake Jacksonville was named the #1 fishing spot in the State of Illinois by Field and Stream in 2007!

Cultural Activities

Jacksonville is also full of the unexpected. From our Civil War and Abraham Lincoln connections, Underground Railroad, the arts and to the modern businesses of today, the area offers something for everyone! There is a small-town friendliness mixed with a vibrancy of natural resources, educational institutions, and thriving businesses.


The City's rich heritage includes numerous interesting sites that help make history relevant to new generations.

Destination choices include the murals of Downtown Jacksonville that depict our history in a unique artistic fashion. Visit one of the many Underground Railroad sites, including Woodlawn Farm, and some of the historic homes in Jacksonville's historic district. Walk in the shadows of greatness, following the footsteps of Stephen A. Douglas, and General Benjamin Grierson, or listen to stories about Abraham Lincoln on the Voice of Jacksonville Audio Tour.


It's easy to get to Jacksonville by highway or air. Convenient commercial air service is available through Springfield, Bloomington, or St. Louis. Jacksonville Municipal Airport is available for private aircraft. Amtrack serves the nearby communities of Springfield or Quincy. Local mass transit bus and cab services are available. Rental car and drivers are also available.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  15.0  24.7  34.4  1.4 "
 February  19.2  29.8  40.3  1.7 "
 March  28.6  40.4  52.1  3.2 "
 April  38.7  51.5  64.2  3.8 "
 May  49.1  61.8  74.4  4.9 "
 June  58.5  70.9  83.3  4.4 "
 July  62.7  74.8  87.0  3.9 "
 August  60.1  72.5  85.0  3.4 "
 September  51.8  65.5  79.3  3.5 "
 October  40.7  54.1  67.6  2.6 "
 November  30.7  41.5  52.4  3.5 "
 December  20.3  29.9  39.4  2.5 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and spring.

Summers are warm and sunny for fishing and boating on Lake Jacksonville. Fall is rich in color and perfect timing to stroll through our historic walking tours. Winter is cold but our dinging and arts offer you a chance to stay in and keep warm! Spring is a great time to start experiencing some of our unique leisure events.


Jacksonville has a host of dining and lodging options to welcome you to our community. Our abundance of options is sure to fit any budget need.


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